The Capitals prepared today for the Philadelphia Flyers, but with one notable exception, Alex Ovechkin who will miss the next 7-10 days with “nagging injuries”. Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau when asked if Ovechkin would play if it was a playoff game said, “I don’t know, probably not.” The Capitals are already shorthanded offensively with Jason Arnott week to week and Eric Fehr day to day and questionable for tomorrow. Boudreau said with the Caps playing only one game in six days they wanted to get Ovechkin 100 percent healthy for the playoffs. On Ovechkin’s injury, Boudreau would only say “he’s just sore.” Ovechkin hasn’t missed a game this season and in 73 games he has 29 goals and 48 assists.
Eric Fehr, who is questionable tomorrow, said he will take the morning skate and talk to the coach’s and trainer’s afterwards then make a decision. Boudreau said he would venture to guess Fehr will play in one of the three remaining road games. Mike Green didn’t practice Saturday or today and even though he is eligible to come off long term injured reserve tomorrow, it remains very questionable his status for tomorrow. Tom Poti continues to fully practice, but is probably still a little ways from coming back. Jason Arnott skated this morning with no pads on, felt good, but is still a little ways from coming back as well.
The Caps are halfway through their six game road trip, 2-1 so far, and will come back home following their game in Philadelphia tomorrow. Tomorrow is a big game for the Caps because they are two points behind the Flyers for first in the Eastern Conference but the Flyers have played in two less games. The Caps are also five points up on the Lightning in the Southeast Division, but the Lightning have one game in hand. The Caps forward lines looked like this today at practice: 21-19-28, 25-90-22, 18-15-10, 17-26-83-16. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Nicklas Backstrom, Michal Neuvirth, Brooks Laich & Eric Fehr had to say following practice today.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Practice Audio
Michal Neuvirth Practice Audio
Brooks Laich Practice Audio
Eric Fehr Practice Audio
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